Kitesurf Jump 101: How to Boost Your Airtime and Get Maximum Hangtime on Bonaire

11 July 2015 by Sunwise Bonaire - Reading time: 3 minutes

If you’re a kiteboarding enthusiast visiting Bonaire, Sunwise Bonaire can help you find the perfect place to stay close to Atlantis Beach, a great kitesurfing location. To jump high while kiteboarding, build up speed, send your kite upwards, level out the kite and create lift, and jump off the board.

Are you a kiteboarding enthusiast who loves the rush of jumping high and feeling the wind in your hair? If you’re visiting Bonaire, you’re in luck! Sunwise Bonaire offers rental and property management services for private individuals who own villas and apartments on the island. Even though the kitesurfing location is sparsely populated, Sunwise has some lovely holiday accommodations nearby! But no matter where you are on Bonaire, Atlantis Beach is always just a few minutes’ drive away to get to your first kitesurf jump.

But before you hit the waves, let’s answer some important questions about kiteboarding and jumping.

How do you kitesurf jump?

Jumping with a kiteboard is not as complicated as it sounds. All you need to do is:

  • Build up speed by riding your kiteboard in a straight line.
  • Pull hard on your backhand to send your kite upwards.
  • As the kite reaches the top, pull hard on your front hand to level out the kite and create lift.
  • Jump off the board by pushing down with your back foot and extending your legs.
  • Land softly by bending your knees and absorbing the impact.

How high can you kiteboard jump?

Many kiteboarders get their kicks out of jumping as high or as far as possible. To achieve maximum airtime, you will need to learn techniques such as mega looping. Ruben Lenten, a Dutch professional rider, is known for his skills in mega looping and has reached tremendous heights. Yourie Zoon, another Dutch pro kiteboarder, has jumped 35 meters over an island!

Nowadays, there is a gadget called The Woo that can measure exactly how high you jump. If you’re kitesurfing on Bonaire, you can try the Woo at Kiteboarding Bonaire. Simply put it in your pocket, make your mega kitesurf jump, and then read how high and how long your jump was.

How risky is kite surfing?

As with any extreme sport, there are risks involved with kiteboarding and kitesurf jumping. However, with proper instruction and safety gear, the risks can be minimized. It’s essential to take lessons from a certified instructor and wear a helmet, life jacket, and harness at all times. Always check the wind conditions and avoid kiteboarding in crowded areas or near obstacles. On Bonaire, the often shallow coral gardens and divers pose an additional risk, and for this reason strict rules have been established about them.

Do you need to be strong to kiteboard?

Kiteboarding requires some physical strength, but it’s not just about brute force. Proper technique and body position can make a big difference. With practice, anyone can learn to kiteboard or even kitesurf jump, regardless of their age or fitness level. It’s all about being in control of the kite and using the wind to your advantage.

What Sunwise Bonaire managed properties are close to the kitesurf location on Bonaire?

Bonaire is a small island, and with a rental car, Atlantis Beach, the kitesurf location, is always within a few minutes’ distance. Sunwise Bonaire manages properties throughout the island, and many of them are located just a short drive away from Atlantis Beach. So, if you’re looking for the perfect place to stay while kiteboarding on Bonaire, Sunwise Bonaire has got you covered.

In conclusion, kiteboarding and jumping are exhilarating experiences that can be enjoyed by anyone who is willing to learn. With the right instruction, equipment, and mindset, you can boost your airtime and get maximum hangtime on Bonaire. So, what are you waiting for? Come to Bonaire, learn to kiteboard, try The Woo with your kitesurf jump, or just enjoy a beer and join in the fun at Kiteboarding Bonaire. The possibilities are endless!

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